Himan Brown's Mystery Theater (Revival)
This is the revival of the Peabody Award Winning Radio Drama, originally broadcast from 1974-1982, rebroadcast in 1998 and 2000.
Radio veteran Himan Brown returned to the studio in 1973 to work on an ambitious project to revive the "golden age of radio" in the form of audio drama. This project was known to most as the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, but it always referred to itself as Mystery Theater. It presented the opportunity for the writers and actors of the "golden age of radio" to reunite in the name of the theater of the mind. The show was quite successful, running for nine years with an impressive 1,399 total episodes.
Though it was named "Mystery Theater," it often incorporated adaptations of classic stories, history, and drama.
The show was never syndicated, so any all episodes out there were once taped from the radio, many with mediocre to poor quality
The show's revival in 1998 and 2000 meant that Mystery Theater was on the air once again, but this time it could be recorded with better recording technology.
132 of the 137 known episodes in the revival are here, most are the highest quality in which this show can be heard.
**This is a great link to show people who have never listened to the series. All were handpicked by the producer, so it could be considered a "best of" compilation. Many would disagree though, as many excellent episodes were left out and some horrible ones were included in this revival.
**This public page is for aesthetic and historical purposes. It is meant to honor the artists who worked on the show, as well as to promote the discovery of the power of audio drama to newer generations.
Revival Episdoes Missing: The Little Old Lady Killer; The Demon Spirit; To Die is Forever; The Triangle; The Laughing Maiden; and a cleaner copy of The Headless Hessian.
HIMAN BROWN PASSED AWAY IN 2010. IN HIS LEGACY, PLEASE "DISCOVER THE JOY OF LISTENING."
February 17, 2013
Wonderful sound quality but I miss E.G. Marshall
Listening to these old shows again brings back a lot of wonderful childhood memories. The 30-40-year-old AM radio recordings I've downloaded in the past pale in comparison with the sound quality of these revival episodes, but I wonder why Himan Brown decided to re-record his narrations? I don't dislike his voice, but I miss E.G. It's similar to the feeling I got in the final season of the original when Tammy Grimes took over as host/narrator. Still, this is worth the download for the sterling quality of the recordings.